galería perdida: Matryoshka

August 17 – October 22, 2011

Due to the process-based nature of the Session program, galería perdida: Matryoshka underwent constant modifications; the features of this page provided accruing information on the Session’s developments and will continue to track the project’s progression beyond Recess’s walls.


• August 26 A HORSE WITH NO LEGS STILL MAKES HIM A WINNER— Alterazioni Video, Eric Baudelaire, Jamal Cyrus, Cyprien Gaillard, Galería Perdida, Stanya Kahn, Joey Lehman Morris, Ian Pedigo, Emily Roysdon

• September 9 Some of the Things I Really Must Do Before I Die—A show of work of G_org_s P_r_c

• September 23 Curiouser, Curiouser— Marcus Civin, Ellie Ga, Emilie Gossiaux, Will Rogan, Erin Shirreff

• September 30 As soft as concrete— Henry Chapman, Daniel Lefcourt, Carl Suddath

• October 9 Alice Könitz

About galería perdida: Matryoshka

galería perdida will begin two months of work at Recess as part of its signature program, Session. Session invites artists to use its storefront space as studio, exhibition venue and grounds for experimentation. For their project, Matryoshka, the collective will complicate the role of artist and curator. galería perdida will build a series of galleries that will nest within one another utilizing the Russian doll as its model. In total there will be five exhibitions over the two month period, each thematically distinct from the last. By the final phase, Matryoshka will be the sum of its parts, with each iteration serving as an additional layer to the whole. To complete the experience, visitors will need to be on hands and knees to view the final exhibition.  Recess will remain open to the public as new walls are built, allowing the construction and installation phases to bleed into one another. 

Matryoshka will serve as an interactive sculpture and will expose traditionally shrouded dialogues: the slippage between art production and presentation, space as a mediator of the viewer’s experience, and the audience as a necessary determinant of an object. Ultimately, Matryoshka will occupy dual roles: exercising the act of curating as a simultaneous sculpture.

Open to the public Tuesday – Saturday, 12-6pm; Thursday, 2-8pm


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